10 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek

Tour Route: Lhasa - Tsurpu - Lenten - Bar Tso - Dorje Ling Nunnery - Yangpachen - Lhasa
10 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek
Duration 10 Days
10 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek
Accomodation Hotel BB & Camping (BLD)
10 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek
Start Lhasa
10 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek
End Lhasa
10 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek
Transportation Flight & Private Vehicle
10 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek
Max Altitude 5248 m
10 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek
Best Season May to October
10 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek
Group Size 2 - 15
Grade Moderate

Trip Overview

This 10-day Tsurphu to Yangpachen trek is an excellent option for those who would like to intimately experience Tibetan herders’ way of life. Yangpachen is well-known for its geothermal landscape. Hot water at 70°C bubbles and boils year-round in a dense mist. When the throttle valve is opened, steam and boiling water will shoot straight into the sky, creating the most magnificent spectacle.

The walk from Tsurphu to Yangpachen starts at Tsurphu Monastery. This strenuous stroll traverses many mountain valleys, including Leten and Bartso valleys, before entering the expansive and gusty Yangpachen valley. The altitude reaches 4400 meters throughout the journey, with a peak elevation of 5300 meters at Lasar-la. This hiking excellently blends cultural and wilderness activities with views of broad mountain panoramas, alpine tundra, and visits to monasteries and a nunnery.

With its breathtaking landscapes and rich culture and traditions, this is undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime tour. We at Tashi Delek have meticulously organized the itinerary, ensuring you can savor every moment of this exclusive journey to famous and historical places, making you feel privileged and unique.

Contact our expert directly to learn more about the packages and customization of itineraries.

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the sunshine city of Lhasa to the fullest, including the renowned Potala Palace and the revered monasteries of Sera, Drepung, and Jokhang Temple.
  • Explore the renowned Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, Tsurpu, and Yangpachen.
  • Enjoy the friendly service of the nuns with plates of the lump of yak meat.
  • Witness the stunning view of Tibet’s holiest mountain, Nyenchen Tanghlha (711m).

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 01

Fly to Gonggar airport then drive to Lhasa O/N Hotel (BB)

Upon reaching the airport, our amiable Tibetan guide will extend cordial greetings and present you with a Hada, the customary Tibetan ceremonial scarf.

You will then be transported to Lhasa, where you will rest for the day and prepare for the tour.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 02

Lhasa - Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market O/N Hotel (BB)

Today, we will visit Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will also visit Barkhor Square market. Potala Palace, the winter home of the Dalai Lama, is a 13-floor building with more than 1000 rooms, several statues, artifacts, murals, and stupas.

Later, we will visit the Jokhang Temple, named Jo for Jowo Buddha and Khang for Chapel. It was built in 642 by the first King of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo, to place the image of Akshobhya Buddha, the gift of a Nepalese wife, Bhirkuti. Later, the temple was known for the gift, a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, by the King’s second Chinese wife.

We will stroll around the Barkhor market that encircles the Jokhang Temple. Pilgrims usually do the kora(circumambulate) of Jokhang temple in a clockwise direction. Also, you can buy gifts to take home, as numerous artifacts and cultural items like Buddha relics are available in this market.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 03

Lhasa - Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery O/N Hotel (BB)

After breakfast, our guide will take you to two great Gelug monasteries in Tibet, Drepung and Sera Monastery.

Drepung Monastery is one of Tibet’s “great three” Gelug Monasteries. It was established by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden in 1416. Before the Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala Palace, this monastery served as Tibet’s political hub and the residence of the Dalai Lamas.

Later, we will visit the Sera Monastery, built in 1419 by Tsongkapa. This monastery’s most significant architectural features are the 3 Buddhist colleges, 29 monk dormitories, and Coqen Assembly Hall. If you visit between Monday and Friday, you can witness Monks debate in the monastery’s courtyard. Also, watching the 9-meter statue of Maitreya, constructed in 1419, is one of this monastery’s fascinating features.

In the evening, we will visit the Norbulingka Palace, also known as the “Jewel Park.”, built by the 7th Dalai Lama and the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 04

Drive to Tsurpu O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

After breakfast, we will drive about 2-3 hours to Tsurpu(4300m). Today, we will use our time to acclimate, as we have reached a higher elevation via a bumpy ride.

Once we reach Tsurpu, we will have lunch. Later, we will visit Tsurpu Monastery, the house of the Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery dates back 800 years and is located in central Tibet.

We will place our camp near the Tsurpu monastery.

Camping at Tsurpu Monastery.

Day 05

Trek to Lenten O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

Today is the first day of our trek, and we will trek to Lenten from Tsurpu Monastery. This trek covers about 11 km and will take 4-5 hours. On the way, you will see numerous mountain streams and green lands where the locals used to camp for the summer herding months. We can stop at the yak hair tent and have fresh yak milk or salted butter tea.

Once we reach Lenten, we will find the plain area and place our tent.

Camping at Lenten.

Day 06

Trek to Bar Tso O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

Today, we will have breakfast in the camp and then start our trek to Bar Tso. After 6kms, we will pass through the highest pass, Lasar La(5300m).

From this vantage point, your eyes will be captivated by the breathtaking vista of the Nyainqentanglha Mountains, which are perched on the northern Tibetan plains. Later, we will reach the Bar Tso village, a nomad community with just 5-6 houses, where we will place our tent and rest.

Camping at Bar Tso village.

Day 07

Trek to Dorje Ling Nunnery O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

Today, our destination will be the Dorje Ling Nunnery. As you depart from the town of Bartso behind and follow a broad route that crosses a valley and ascends another ridge, you will witness the mesmerizing views of Nyenchen Tanghlha (7111m), the holiest peak in central Tibet. Later, you will stop at the Tajung village, where you can watch the locals grazing their sheep and yaks on the plateaus.

By the afternoon, you will reach Dorje Ling Nunnery, where the camp will be set. The nuns of Dorje Ling Nunnery will offer you a huge lump of yak meat in their tea house.

Camping at Dorje Ling Nunnery.

Day 08

Trek to Yangpachen, Visit Monastery & Hot Spring O/N Tented Camp (BLD)

Today is the last day of your camping trek. The very next day, you will be transported to Lhasa. After breakfast, the trek begins towards Yangpachen. By noon, we will reach Yangpachen Monastery, a 500-year-old monastery and the central temple of the Karma Kagyu Red Hat Line of Tibetan Buddhism. Later, we will get to the hot springs, where you can take a hot bath.

Camping at Yangpachen.

Day 09

Drive to Lhasa O/N Hotel (BB)

After breakfast, we will move towards Lhasa. On the way, we will enjoy scenic views of mountains, forests, and streams.

Once you reach the Lhasa, you can acclimatize today, or in the evening, you can stroll around the Lhasa markets.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 10

Drive to airport for flight to onward destination.

Today is the last day of your trek. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Gonggar airport, where you can return to your desired destination.

Please Note

We have updated our dates and price list, which you can find above. But if you cannot find a perfect date for the trip or want to customize it, then you can Contact Us here.

Also, we are offering a discount for those travelers who come in a group of 3 or more. You may also get a discount if you book the trip earlier. Contact Us for more.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers to hotel.
  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Private and public vehicles used for the trip
  • Any required permits and entry fees during the trip
  • Professional guide, profound in English, and approved by the Tibetan Travel Bureau.
  • All meals that are mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any applicable government taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Any International flights and Visa Fee (not included in the trip)
  • Travel and medical insurance or any evacuation during the trip.
  • Any gratitude or tips in any form to guide, porters, or any other.
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, groceries, liquors, etc.
  • Extra day staying or traveling expenses other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any expenses incurred due to unforeseen events such as illness or a delayed or canceled flight.

We value your well-being and comfort trip

Surely, you may have researched a lot regarding the trip to Mt. Kailash and have gathered much more information. But, with all the information and your confidence in completing the trip will not be enough. We, our team, and guide with years of experience will do anything to make sure that you are safe and you experience a comfortable travel. Also, we have some other value-added services that will assure you had the perfect trip of lifetime.


Hotels and guest houses are available for lodging on this trek. We will book you a 3-star hotel for this tour, but if you want a more luxurious one, you must mention it earlier, which may cost you extra.

Hospital and medical facilities

Hospitals and medical facilities are entirely available. This tour is leisurely, and you do not have to walk for hours to get somewhere. Our guides are professionals and ready for any emergencies.

Communication facilities

After you reach Tibet, you’ll need a Chinese SIM card. Once specific procedures are completed, Chinese SIM cards can be purchased and recharged while traveling. Lhasa has internet facilities, but you can also use a Chinese SIM card to connect to the internet.

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